Thursday, November 14, 2019

Vestas News

World’s Biggest Floating Wind Turbine Readies

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The largest floating wind turbine in the world, an 8.4-megawatt (MW) ABS-classed offshore wind turbine, is about to be installed.ABS has classed the semi-submersible floating wind turbine is the first of three classed by ABS and designed by Principle Power housing MHI Vestas turbines that will make up for a total of 25 MWs of floating offshore wind power. The turbines are to be installed 20 km off the coast of Viana do Castello, Portugal.“ABS has supported innovation in offshore energy since 1958. This landmark installation underlines how we continue to support promising technology more than 60 years later,” said Christopher J.

Reaping Wind at Sea: A $1 Trillion Industry

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Offshore wind could become a cornerstone of the world's power supply as steep cost reductions and improved technology unleash the potential of the green energy source, said the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Friday.Renewables replacing fossil fuel is crucial to meet a globally-agreed goal of limiting temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius this century and the expansion of offshore wind could avoid 5-7 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions from the power sector globally, said the IEA.Power generated from wind turbines at sea only accounts for 0.3% of global electricity generation today…

First WindFloat Atlantic Unit Sets Sail

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The first of the three floating platforms for the 25-MW WindFloat Atlantic project has sailed from Spain carrying a fully installed turbine to a location 20 kilometers (12.43 miles) off the coast of Viana do Castelo, Portugal.Once at the final location, the three floating structures – stretching 30 meters in height and with a distance between each one of their columns of 50 meters – will be installed to form the first floating wind farm in continental Europe.The structure that has set off from the outer harbour of Ferrol comprises a floating platform and a wind turbine…

Vestas Wins 337 MW Wind Power Order in US

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Vestas, a sustainable energy solutions provider,  has received an order for 337 MW of V150-4.2 MW turbines and V136-3.45 turbines delivered in 3.7 MW Power Optimised Mode for a wind project in the U.S. The order takes Vestas’ announced order intake in US this year past 4.4 GW.The project was originally developed by Roaring Fork Wind, LLC a joint venture between RES (Renewable Energy Systems) and Steelhead Americas, Vestas’ development arm in North America, demonstrating Vestas’ ambitions to be the global leader…

Vestas Gets 34-MW Turbine Order from Norway

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The sustainable energy solutions provider Vestas Wind Systems A/S has received a 34 MW order for the Haramsfjellet wind project on the island of Haramsøya in western Norway.The Danish manufacturer has developed a solution to fit the site’s wind conditions that includes eight V136-4.2 MW turbines and a long-term service contract to optimise energy production for the lifetime of the project in a high wind location."With a robust design for tough wind sites, the turbine is well-suited for the challenging climatic conditions that are commonly found on Norway’s western coastline…

IEA to Build 300 MW Nebraska Wind Farm

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Indianapolis-based infrastructure construction company Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives, Inc. (IEA) announced a new wind energy project valued at approximately $98 million.The deal is for construction of the Milligan 1 Wind Farm in Saline County in southeast Nebraska.The 300-megawatt project is expected to provide enough energy to power up to 115,000 homes. The power generated by the project’s planned 99 turbines will be delivered into the Southwest Power Pool electrical grid.The wind farm, which is located near Nebraska’s capital city of Lincoln…

Top Turbine Makers to Spend $2.6bln on R&D

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Research and development (R&D) expenses among the world's top ten wind turbine manufacturers are expected to exceed $2.6 billion by 2023.The  R&D expenses more than doubled in the last four years, reaching $1.8m in 2018, as demand grows for ever-bigger on- and offshore models, according to the latest research from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.The analyst said that over 90 new onshore and offshore turbines are expected to be launched within the next five years by the top 10 leading manufacturers."Turbine OEMs have accelerated R&D investments in next-generation turbine platforms…

Tolent Begins Triton Knoll Base Work

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UK based contractor Tolent started work to construct a new multi-million offshore construction and operations base for Triton Knoll has officially started at Grimsby’s Royal Dock.Having been awarded the contract last month, Tolent has now begun work to construct control room, office and warehouse facilities that will become the new operations and maintenance base for the 857 megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm.Triton Knoll is a offshore wind farm and the largest in the portfolio of majority project shareholder Innogy that is currently in construction.

Maersk Firm to Buy Wind Turbine Supplier

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A.P. Moller Holding, which controls Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk will acquire Danish wind turbine supplier KK Group, it said on Wednesday, in a first step into the renewable energy industry.The acquisition marks a new direction for the family-owned company, which has built its business on the shipping and oil industry.The parties declined to disclose the price of the deal. A.P. Moller Holding will buy KK Group, whose main activities are through KK Wind Solutions, from Swedish private equity Solix Group."Denmark is the leading hub for the wind industry worldwide with significant global growth potential.

Vestas, GE Settle U.S. Patent Dispute

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Vestas Wind Systems A/S and GE Renewable Energy have settled all disputes related to multiple claims of patent infringement, said a joint announcement."The settlement of all disputes related to multiple patent infringement claims in the U.S., result in the discontinuation of the case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California as well as all other pending proceedings related to the patents-in-suit," said the announcement.GE had initially filed a patent dispute in California against Vestas in 2017…

Dutch-Aussie Team Targets Safer Blade Lifting

From left to right: Jacques Stoof (Mammoet), Trevor Bourne (Verton) and Paul Verheul (Van Oord). Photo: Van Oord

Dutch maritime contractors Van Oord and heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet are cooperating with Australian start-up Verton to design a new lifting method for installing wind turbine blades.The technology specialist was scouted after being selected to participate in the maritime innovation platform PortXL in Rotterdam.The cooperation is seeking to develop a way to shorten the installation cycle times and make installation safer for operators. Verton has developed a remote rotating device that uses gyroscopic modules to rotate a suspended load.

Europe Invests in African Renewable Energy

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The provider of testing and advisory services to the energy value chain including renewables and energy management, DNV GL has joined European signatories including ABB, EDP Renewables, Enel Green Power, Ge Renewable Energy, Pöyry, Prysmian, PwC, Siemens Gamesa and Vestas."DNV GL has signed a ‘declaration of intent’ to commit its interest and participation to the initiative renewAfrica, aimed at boosting renewable energy investments in Africa, alongside leading players in the African and European renewable energy market…

Vestas CEO to Step Down

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Danish wind turbine maker Vestas on Tuesday said that its chief executive, Anders Runevad, would step down in August as part of its long-term succession planning.Runevad is to be replaced by Henrik Andersen, a Vestas board member and CEO of Danish coatings company Hempel. Reporting by Stine Jacobsen

MHI Vestas: Brexit Will Not Deter Investment in Britain's Wind Sector

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Japanese-Danish joint venture MHI Vestas plans to continue investing in its wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Britain, despite the country's impending departure from the European Union, its chief executive told Reuters.MHI Vestas, a venture between Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, makes wind turbine blades on the Isle of Wight, off the southern English coast.Some 76 percent of the turbine blades made at the site in 2019 will be exported to projects in Europe…

Offshore Wind Energy Market to Grow 20%

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Global offshore wind energy market was valued at $2,727 thousand in 2019, and is expected to reach $11,334 thousand by 2025, registering a CAGR of +20% from 2019 to 2025, said a study.The global offshore wind energy market has been set blazing with a number of schemes that have recently began power production, according to Researchnreports. For instance, following the installation of its first 7-MW turbines, Scotland's biggest offshore wind farm has sent power for the first time to the National Grid.The growth…

Pfisterer Wins Moray East Offshore Windfarm Deal

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The global manufacturer of high-voltage cable accessories and a system provider Pfisterer has won a contract for the supply of the 220kV land cable accessories for the grid connection of the 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm in Scotland."In cooperation with the cable manufacturer TELE-FONIKA Kable and the international cable and pipeline installation contractor VolkerInfra, Pfisterer has been awarded the contract for the supply of the 220 kV land cable accessories for the grid connection of the new Moray East Offshore Windfarm…

Vestas Unveils New Wind Power Platform

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Danish wind power company Vestas presented a new platform on Thursday it says will enable customers to produce cheaper energy through turbines tailored for different wind conditions and locations.The move is a response to a more competitive industry that is moving away from governments guaranteeing utilities generous fixed subsidized tariffs for power towards an auction-based system that favors those who can bid at the lowest price."This is a more market-oriented approach," Chief Executive Anders Runevad told Reuters in an interview.

MHI Vestas Wins Borssele V Innovation Site

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The next offshore wind innovation site in the Netherlands will feature two V164-9.5 MW turbines from MHI Vestas, the 5th Dutch offshore wind park for the wind turbine supplier.MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, in signing a firm order with Two Towers Consortium for the Borssele V Offshore Wind Farm, will supply two V164-9.5 MW turbines for the project. The 19 MW project has been designated as an innovation site that will test various innovations in and around the turbines.“We are extremely proud that the Netherlands will be home to our next test project,” said MHI Vestas Chief Technology Officer, Torben Hvid Larsen.

Tilting at Windmills: Spain Strains to Meet Record Renewables Goal

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Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa is booking 14 colossal specialized cranes, has hired new staff and boosted capacity by up to 80 percent at its Spanish factories as developers strain to meet a 2020 deadline for cutting carbon emissions.More wind farms are set to be built across Spain in 2019 than in any previous year, the APPA association of renewable energy companies calculates, surpassing a pre-recession boom in 2008 and putting unprecedented pressure on the supply chain."It is an enormous challenge ... We can really sense the urgency…

Spain Strains to Meet Record Renewables Goal

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Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa is booking 14 colossal specialized cranes, has hired new staff and boosted capacity by up to 80 percent at its Spanish factories as developers strain to meet a 2020 deadline for cutting carbon emissions.More wind farms are set to be built across Spain in 2019 than in any previous year, the APPA association of renewable energy companies calculates, surpassing a pre-recession boom in 2008 and putting unprecedented pressure on the supply chain."It is an enormous challenge ... We can really sense the urgency…